Marla Monk, MA, MSW, LCSW, LISWCP
I have over 16 years of experience in the social work and mental health field. I also have experience working with the active duty military population and their families as well as veterans.
Previously, I worked in Marine and Family Programs within Marine Corps Community Services as a Prevention and Education Specialist and as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate. Additionally, I have volunteered as a Command Ombudsman with the Navy and a Key Volunteer with the Marine Corps in San Diego and Hawaii.
In 2013, I earned my MSW from the University of Southern California with a concentration in mental health and sub-concentration in military and veteran services. In 2011 I earned MA in Human Services with a specialization in marriage and families from Liberty University and in 2001 earned my B.A. in Criminology from the University of New Mexico.
I am experienced in working with those impacted by trauma, grief and loss and domestic violence as well as couples and families. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Additionally, I am trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Adoption and Foster Care, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, First Responder Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Post-traumatic Stress, Sexual Assault and Abuse
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 88007
SC LISW-CP 14794
VA LCSW 0904015471
Written on Apr 03, 2023 after therapy with Marla for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and parenting issues
She is amazing ! Her schedule is very flexible and she has a great attitude ! She is easy to talk to and listens very well . I highly recommend her !!
Written on Mar 30, 2023 after therapy with Marla for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and career difficulties
Marla is a very good listener and quite wise. She's very genuine and sincere, and picks up very quickly on the situations I am working through. She also sends worksheets and links to other resources which I really like.
Written on Oct 21, 2022 after therapy with Marla for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management
Marla always listens to understand. Provides support and feedback on how to better myself or the situation I am in.
Written on Sep 14, 2022 after therapy with Marla for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coaching
Marla listened very attentively when I shared my thoughts. She showed that she was listening with eye contacts, hand gestures, and general body language. I felt respected, safe, and valued.
Written on Sep 02, 2022 after therapy with Marla for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
I have been really hesitant about starting counseling again as I have struggled to find someone who I felt truly wanted to know me and understood me. One session with Marla was like a wave of relief and comfort and I look forward to continuing to work with her.
Written on Aug 19, 2022 after therapy with Marla for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes